Joan Burton: 'We will stay on in caretaker capacity until new government is formed - we hope this is completed in a reasonable timeframe'
Published 28/02/2016 | 18:32
Labour leader and outgoing Tanaiste Joan Burton said she will not be thinking about her position until after a government has been formed.
Following a disastrous election for Labour, Ms Burton has called other political parties to “step up to the plate” and help secure a stable Government for Ireland.
Speaking on RTE's Six One News earlier this evening, Ms Burton told viewers the outgoing government will stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed.
"A new government will have to be formed.
“These parties now need to step up to the plate in the interest of providing a stable and secure Government for the country… that will be their job,” she said.
The Dail is due to meet on March 10th to elect a Taoiseach.
However, Ms Burton added that if no decision could be made by that date, President Michael D Higgins may request the outgoing government to stay on for a further period of time until a decision has been taken.
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When quizzed by broadcaster Bryan Dobson as to whether Labour would be willing to go into government again, she said: "We offered that to the public and the public didn't vote for that.
"We have to wait and see the final outcomes - hopefully we will know that at lunchtime tomorrow.
"As I said the priority is about forming a government and the fact is that this country needs a government.
"I do hope the process is completed in a reasonable timeframe.
"We may come in on March 10th, and nobody is elected as taoiseach. We may be asked by the president to stay for a further time."
Adding: “Personally I hope [that a new Government is formed] in a reasonable speedy time because the country does need stable government.”
Ms Burton said the subject of her leadership of the party is a matter for the members.
When the final outcomes are known and the a new government is formed, she will then look at the issue, she added.